Emily Ngarnal Evans
Emily Ngarnal Evans has lived all her life on Gununa, Mornington Island, educated in her culture and heritage by her Lardil father, Kulhangarr Kenneth Jacobs, her grandfather, the late Lindsey Roughsey, and grandfather of her mother’s uncle the late Dick Roughsey, all senior men, accomplished artists and custodians of their traditional country on Mornington Island.
Evans began painting from traditional stories and body painting during workshops held at Mornington Island Art in February of 2005. Her father’s stories and mark making were Evans’ inspiration to paint. She produced a work of great detail by borrowing her father’s delicate mark found inside the broad body marks of the Balibal, or Spotted Stingray.
Since these workshops Emily Evans has dedicated herself to becoming a painter and from time to time enjoys creating objects from clay. Her intricate mark making abilities are developing into a language that binds her and her fathers’ memory. Evans’s work represents the designs associated with the stories of the Balibal - spotted stingray and Wurruku - brown shark. This mark, born of her father’s wisdom and her rich cultural heritage has created a contemporary dialogue of her father’s story.
Emily Evans’s work is both a personal metaphor of her everlasting relationship with her father and a contemporary expression of her traditional beliefs, culture and country.
In 2015 Evans was a finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize and the Gold Coast Art Prize, and her work was exhibited in the group exhibition ARTNOW Far North Queensland at Cairns Regional Gallery.Alcaston Gallery was also delighted to present an exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Emily Evans titled Balibal Country in this year.
In 2016 Emily Ngarnal Evans featured in Alcaston Gallery's exhibition Provenance Does Matter: The Collectors' Exhibition. This significant exhibition featured major artworks by important Australian and international artists with impeccable provenance. Curated by Beverly Knight, each artwork has had the added prestige of being selected by critical appraisers to be featured in significant museum exhibitions and art prizes.
In 2018 Emily Ngarnal Evans’ work was featured in group exhibition Freshwater, Saltwater, at the Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall. A collaborative exhibition between Shepparton Art Museum and the Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Freshwater, Saltwater featured contemporary and historical works that highlighted how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live.
Emily Evans' artworks have been collected by major institutions and collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, the Kerry Stokes Collection, La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne and Shepparton Art Museums.
© The Artist & Alcaston Gallery, 2019
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 Balibal Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2009 All About Art: The Island Story – a moment in the sun, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2011 All About Art: Annual Collectors’ Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Emily Evans & Lardil Artists from Mornington Island Art, QLD, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Emily Evans, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2015 Balibal Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Recent Acquisitions 2009 – 2009, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2010 Korea International Art Fair 2010, COEX/Atlantic Hall & Convention Hall, Seoul, South Korea
2012 Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia (touring exhibition)
2014 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2014/15 Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2015/16 ARTNOW Far North Queensland, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
2015 All About Art: Brisbane, Alcaston Gallery Annual Collector's exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2016 Provenance Does Matter - The Collectors' Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2018 Freshwater/Saltwater, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2005 Finalist, 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2012 Highly Commended, Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
2012 Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize
2013 Finalist, 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2014 Finalist, 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2015 Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
2016 Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize
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